How to Pack an Interesting School Lunch

Mid-August is here and you know what that means… #BacktoSchool season is upon us! In the hustle and bustle of getting ready for school this year, we might overlook important things. But a healthy diet shouldn’t be. Eating healthy starts at a young age- grooming your son or daughter to enjoying fruits and veggies is just as important as school itself. This year, it’s time to step up your creativity! Say good-bye to boring lunches, and hello to inspiring sets that all your kids will enjoy feasting upon. Here we go!

Tips

1)  Get colorful: Your kids might be more interested in eating healthy foods if they look pretty! Pick colors that pop and make healthy eating look like fun. We recommend an assortment of berries like strawberries, blueberries (antioxidants, yes!), blackberries, raspberries, and orange slices as these fruits work well with limited refrigeration. If your child is a little older and can handle harder fruits, an apple is also a good choice!

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2) Get creative with shapes:  Here’s a “Would you rather” question. Boring squared sandwiches or fun star-shape ones? It’s not really a difficult question. Simply use cookie cutters to carve out fun shapes in your kids’ peanut butter and jelly sandwiches! We promise they’ll be coming back for seconds!

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3) Be innovative: Kids love skewers! For an instant glam food party, try preparing your kid’s lunch in bite-sizes on toothpicks. This definitely make lunchtime more “fun” and enjoyable. Looking for easy foods to prepare? We recommend stacking cheeses, and fruit like grapes or tomatoes. If you have more time, sliced meat would also make one tasteful skewer!

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4) Goofiness is key: Providing healthy eats to your child doesn’t necessarily have to be boring. It’s important to have a variety of portions in your meal, so we advise on packing three different types of food every day. For example, veggies, fruits, proteins, and legumes are essentials to a healthy and happy lunch. Present it in a fun cute way to draw your child’s attention and appetite!

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5) Treats are highly recommended: Include a treat! Children love sweets, but make sure to keep the sweets at least a little nutritious! Great options are home baked goods, like banana bread or carrot cake…even rice crispy treats made with cocoa and peanut butter can brighten up a kid’s lunch!

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Have fun and enjoy your school year!